Flu clinic in Oban sees 1,700 patients

Flu clinic at Corran Halls

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A mass flu clinic held in Oban has been declared a success with more than 1,700 people inoculated over three days.

With flu symptoms similar to the coronavirus, there is a national drive under way this year to ensure more people than ever receive the jag to help limit the impact on NHS services this winter.

Dr Robert Waddington, of the Lorn Medical Centre, said from its 11,500 patient practice, some 3,200 patients are entitled to a jag this year.

Last week’s special flu clinic was held at the Corran Halls to deal with greater numbers and took place with social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes.

Staff from the centre worked alongside health workers from the Lorn and the Islands Hospital, Oban. Oban Mountain Rescue Team helped marshal arrivals in the car park.

Dr Waddington said: ‘It has gone very well and we are really pleased and have had a very good attendance. The feedback we have received across the board from patients has been very positive.’

He added: ‘ In addition to those normally entitled to flu vaccination we have been allowed to vaccinate the households of those who have received a shielding letter and informal carers this year. We have managed to create a really safe controlled environment, and I would encourage anyone entitled to a flu vaccination to attend. We tend to be quieter in the afternoons so this is good time to attend if you can.’

A second week takes place next Wednesday October 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 again at the Corran Halls for patients from the Lorn Medical Centre.

Those attending are encouraged, if possible, to first complete the online ‘pre immunisation assessment form’ available from the Lorn Medical Centre website or its Facebook page.